BenQ GP1 Pico Projector Review - Mini Projector Has it All

Smaller than The Average Hand

Opening the box I was surprised when the projector was smaller in the width and length of my hand. 

After noticing the size, I headed straight for the purple User Manual CD to find out more.  I popped it into my computer and answered a couple of questions to access the English User Manual.  The first section was the Important Safety Topics, which spanned only four pages.  I chose to glance at the important details rather than read the topics in their entirety.  The only one that stood out as being not as obvious was not looking straight at the lens during operation. Next section was the Introduction

The Introduction eluded that this toy has a lot of perks including:

• USB reader making photo and movie play quick
• Wall color correction allowing projection on surfaces of several predefined colors
• Quick auto search speeding up the signal detecting process
• Selectable password protected function
• Up to 5 sets of picture modes providing multiple choices for different projection purposes
• Digital keystone correction to correct distorted images
• Ability to display 16.7 million colors
• Multi-language On-Screen Display (OSD) menus
• Component HDTV compatibility (YPbPr)

Projector from Front View

Checking for shipping contents was simplified as there were even pictures to portray the items necessary.  After checking the shipping contents the controls and functions were pointed out via a numbering display correlating with a definition.  The manual continued to explain the remote projection range at approximately 15 feet.

The section that seemed of little explanation was Positioning Your Projector, which described the distance from the projector’s lens to the screen.  Basically the 16:9 aspect image is widescreen and 4:3 aspect image is a little wider than a square.  It would have been helpful if BenQ explained what the units were for 16:9 and 4:3 for a new projection user.

Connetion section was helpful as it described connecting the toy to a computer, Video source device, USB Reader and iPod Dock

Operation was where the projector, Joybee GP1 was ready to play.  After connecting the BenQ to a secure outlet an On-Screen Display of menus popped up on password setup and how to utilize a password, switching input signal, picture magnifying and searching for details, selecting the aspect ratio, optimizing the image, hiding the image, freezing the image, high altitude operation and other easily taught instructions like volume and shutting down the Joybee GP1 through use of the touchpad.

Light Up Touch Pad for Operating

Some other sections for the avid projector user were Presenting From a USB, Projection with iPod Dock (Optional Accessory), Maintenance, Troubleshooting, Specifications, Warranty and Copyright Information and Regulation Statements.  Some key topics I noticed in these sections were the device accepted most any photo or video, and LED displays status/problems.  Troubleshooting hinted towards user contacting BenQ maintenance as there were few problems listed to troubleshoot.  The limited warranty failed to specify time under warranty, instead described warranty as warrants this product against any defects in material and workmanship, under normal usage and storage. 

After all the specified instructions, I took the projector out.  Once I was able to achieve the 16:9 aspect ratio the screen displayed a clear image.  I easily read the screen from a distance and pushed on the arrows to scroll the menu. 

Easily Read Screen

After attaching the Joybee GP1 on my computer I watched the beginning of one of my favorite movies and looked at some family pictures.  This device is a fun tool for home movies or a presentation at work.

Visit BenQ online and get your Joybee GP1 today! 

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